Since winter 2019, I have been living in my big, beautiful garden with a little cottage, which inhabits my living and working space: A jewellery studio and an outdoor ceramics studio. At the moment I am pausing my art activities and concentrate more on spiritual/ healing work.
It is a wild garden with old fruit trees and an endless amount of flowers and herbs. There are plenty of projects and regarding your abilities and wishes, we would do one or the other.
There is still some construction work to be done (maintenance of roofs, finishing compost toilet, seats and outdoor kitchen).
With spring time, work in the garden starts again: growing vegetables (using permacultural principals), scything. In summer/ autumn fruits and vegetables need to be collected and preserved. During all year wood can be chopped and stacked.
At the moment, there is no need for nothing, and the possibility for anything.
There is electricity and a compost toilet, no tap water. In the summer you can take a bath in the nearby little river.
You need to love nature and a wild adventure.
For the many past years I have been traveling myself. The last 5 years I started working as a porcelain artist (making colourful pots and jewellery), travelling with my little campervan. I had built a jewellery working bench into my van, travelling and working at the same time. Always staying at places close to nature.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesArt ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral Maintenance
UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
I can share with workawayers anything that I know and do: see above, plus anything I know about plants, herbs, animals, cooking with wild plants and at the fire, strolling through the woods and fields, sitting in quietness, using their nose, eyes and ears... They can learn to learn.
Growing vegetables, building toilet house/ (earth) fridge/ outdoor kitchen & living room/ pond/ winter beds/ solar system/ wooden plateau for sleeping and dreaming, chopping wood, scything, harvesting fruits, conserving fruits and vegetables, cooking, reconstructing roof and more
You will sleep in your tent or open air. Or hopefully soon on the sleeping plateau, surrounded by elder berries. The garden is big, so you will have private space enough for yourself.
There is electricity, a compost toilet, rain water for washing and water from canisters, that we have to fill regularly. There is no shower, but a nearby stream and possibilities to use the shower at a caravan place (500m by foot). Internet works quite well via mobile data.
Food is vegetarian (but I don't mind meat) and hopefully soon my own harvest. It would be nice cooking together, at least once a day, I want to try different cooking methods with fire, stones, earth holes.
What else ...
Theres plenty of nature - you can go hiking, cycling (cycle route just below the garden). And golfing. And some smaller, nice towns. It is a holiday region with wild parks, spas and alike.
There is public transport, but rather rare. Bring your bike, if you like!
Though the garden is quite wild, the village is just opposite, so you cannot expect perfect silence, but therefore shopping possibilities and a hotel with sauna! :)
I have no previous experiences, but used to be a "couch surfer" for many many years and "wwoofer" as well.
I want to live my life independently, self-sustainable, free from conventions and overcome rules. Important for me is open communication and openness in general.
During the working hours, we will work together, this is important for me, otherwise it's no fun. I also would like to cook together. But I also need my own space and time for myself, so be ready to take care of yourself, I'm no fulltime entertainer!
Also, very important: You need to love (wild) nature, staying outdoors day and night and having no (so-called) "comfort". For me, comfort means being surrounded by trees, animals, beautiful flowers and whatever wheather and having everything I need for living.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Space for parking camper vans
This host can provide space for campervans.
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week